This sand and rough shingle beach faces east and is backed by low, green cliffs. Close to The Manacles, a treacherous granite reef that has caused many a shipwreck, Porthoustock is a popular haunt of divers. The shipwrecks and reefs are at dives ranging from 8 m to 80 m (26 - 262 ft), so there are dives to suit all levels of ability. Swimming is recommended only with care. The water is clean and Marine Conservation Society Recommended. There is an unofficial coastal footpath for walkers, which leads to Porthkerris. Other activities include fishing from the pier.